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Vintage 1960s Dress Patterns

1960s Dress Sewing Patterns 

The designer who led the way in the “youthquake” was Mary Quant who opened her first shop, Bazaar, on the King’s Road in Chelsea, London in 1955. Quant’s simple, colorful designs appealed to teenagers and young people who had more disposable income than any generation before. One of the most revolutionary designs attributed to Quant was the miniskirt and minidress. Eschewing the prim below-the-knee skirts of the late 1950s and early 1960s, by the mid-sixties, young women were wearing skirts that fell at the upper thigh. The miniskirt shocked but was also a highly popular look for young women. Miniskirts and minidresses were adopted by Parisian designers as Quant and her contemporaries continued to gain popularity. Jean Shrimpton was a fashion front runner of the era and trendsetter with her gamine look and thigh skimming shift dresses. Barbara Hulanicki founded Biba. Biba was the first high fashion, low price point brand aimed at the younger generation. The Biba style was the classically youthful, androgynous look of the Swinging Sixties London. Mini-skirts, shift dresses, tunic smocks, baby doll dresses, coloured tights and floppy hats stocked the store.

Our 1960's vintage Dress pattern collection is available in sizes ranging from XXS – XXL. We offer either the original pattern, a high-quality true to scale 1960s sewing pattern reproduction or an easy PDF sewing pattern to download at home. 

References:   Cat Walk Yourself